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National Archives and Records Administration
NTIS AVA09891VNB1, 1950
In this sobering film, a family living 50 miles outside of New York must escape the fallout from a nuclear bomb dropped upon the Big Apple.
Features Walter Matthau.
This movie is part of the collection: FedFlix
Producer: National Archives and Records Administration
Audio/Visual: sound, color
Keywords: FedFlix; ntis.gov
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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Subject: Date Correction
IMDB indicates that this film is from 1954.
The Motorola TV Hour on ABC did not run in 1950 -- it ran in 1953-54.
This is episode 15 in season 2, airing on 18 May 1953.
Subject: Early Look at Nuclear War and Walter Matthau in an early role
This show was sponsored by Motorola for ABC in 1950 when less than 20% of American households had TVs. As an early TV show it was more of a play than a movie, all taking place in one suburban home in the days following an H-Bomb attack. The 1st actual H-Bomb wasn't tested until 1952, and Russian didn't test one until 1953, so this qualifies the show as SciFi. The play was based on the SciFi novel Shadow on the Hearth by Judith Merril published in 1950. While simplistic in its treatment, it does provide a glimpse into public thinking about nuclear war and television production values of the time. Look for Walter Matthau who may be making his acting debut as the doctor.
Subject: See also: Medic / Flash of Darkness
If you're looking for TV episodes dealing
with Atomic War, check out...
Medic / Flash of Darkness
Civil Defense Reserve doctors find out
that this time, it's not a test.
Subject: Nuclear Family Survives Fallout
Daddy has left Westchester for his job in the city, but there's one small problem -- NYC was just nuked! But it's OK, we have an AM radio tuned to Conelrad. The power is still on? No, it just went out, and we have another AM radio with batteries. Wait, who's that ringing the working doorbell? It's the Civil Defense Block Captain, here to provide spiritual comfort and dispense critical information on Fallout, such as don't let Muffy take her teddy bear outside in the rain right after an H-bomb attack.